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PM Backs PNG In Trade Deal

By HELEN TARAWA in Da Nang, Vietnam


PAPUA New Guinea is well placed in the region to participate in the bilateral trade agreement with the 11 nations forming the Trans Pacific Partnership, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

He told the Apec Leaders’ summit in Da Nang, Veitnam, that the country was easily accessible to markets in China, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“PNG is an emerging economy and one of the fastest growing in the region, averaging about 6 per cent in the past 15 years,” he said.

He said Malaysia, Australia, Japan and the United States were “big investors in PNG”.

“There are good opportunities for companies and countries to invest in our country,” O’Neill said.

“Our sectors energy and mining industries are among some of the global deposit reserves and that gives them that opportunity to invest in.

“We are also located in the region where we are very easily accessible to the markets in China, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia where there is a large population demanding our resources.”

On security, O’Neill said: “When we discuss security in the region, it is always related to the trade and investments that are falling within our economies.”

He said security was crucial to ensure there was stability in trading and investment opportunities.

“There must be continuing dialogue between all parties. Continuous stand-offs and threats against each other do not help in investment opportunities in the region,” O’Neill said.

“The Asia-Pacific is a strong growth area for the world economy so we must manage security issues by having more dialogue with each other.”

Contestants Begin Activities With Church Service

By PETER ESILA ( The National )


THE six contestants in this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG opened their week of activities in the lead-up to the Nov 11 crowning with a church service yesterday at the St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Port Moresby.

Fr Peter Moi, told the contestants and the congregation that “the greatest amongst us is the one who is humble and who serves others, people who offer their services to others.”

The six contestants with reigning Miss Pacific Island PNG Kellyanne Limbiye and the pageant’s chaperone Antonia Singut were blessed by the Anglican Bishop of NCD, Central and Gulf Diocese Danny Bray Guka.

“It is a national event, everyone will be praying for you, strength and courage come from the Lord,” Guka told the contestants.

He also told them that the pageant would have an influence on them and they would not be the same again.

He urged them to become good role models for young people.

Singut said the day was about reflecting on the spiritual needs and spiritual basis of character building that they would need throughout the pageant.

“We have been joining this congregation for the last couple of years during the pageant,” she said.

The contestants are Miss Pacific Balance Fund Renee Jasmine Siaguru, Miss IBS Rosemary Pawih, Miss ITI Sheilla Yama, Miss Queen Emma Chocolates Naiwali Twain, Miss After Dark Fashions Rachael Ezekiel and Miss KTK Esther Aiga.

The contestants will be have a week of activities in Port Moresby till the crowning ball on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The pageant provides a platform for cultural ambassadors and for women to build their potentials as agents of positive change.

The winner from the six contestants will represent PNG in the regional pageant in Fiji next month.



 24th September 2017
The PNG Hunters have overcome the weight of eight million rabid rugby league fans back home to score a stunning last-minute, 12-10 grand final win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons and change the Intrust Super Cup forever.
After seven minutes the Hunters trailed 10-0 and looked to be completely overawed by the occasion of playing on Suncorp Stadium for the very first time, but the longer the game went the more the momentum grew yet boundless errors and missed opportunities seemed to allow a brave Falcons team to hold on.
The Hunters will now travel to Sydney to play either Wyong or Penrith in the Intrust Super Championship and take centre stage in front of 80,000 fans on NRL Grand Final day next Sunday.
After bombing a chance to score eight minutes earlier, it was Willie Minoga who followed through on an Ase Boas grubber kick in the 79th minute to level the scores at 10-all, Boas sealing the most famous day in PNG rugby league history with a conversion from just to the right of the posts.
Trailing 10-0 at the break after an awful start to the decider, a simple drop of the kick-off to the second half by Scott Drinkwater gave the Hunters a gift-wrapped chance to swing the momentum to the raptures of the parochial PNG contingent.
It was messy, and referee Jarrod Cole sent it for review as a ‘no try’ but video referee Clayton Sharpe determined that the grubber by Ase Boas rifled into the feet of the Falcons players was not knocked on by the chasing Hunters players and Bland Abavu released Watson Boas to score their first try of the grand final.
The entire second half felt as though it was spent with the Hunters pounding away at the Falcons defence only to make error after error in attack and drain all the energy out of an expectant crowd waiting for the go-ahead play.
A Watson Boas 40/20 in the 54th minute failed to lead to points, Falcons captain Dane Hogan was heavily concussed shortly afterwards and inexplicably stayed on the field for four minutes before eventually being dragged by the trainers and Watson Boas twice made basic handling errors inside the Falcons’ red zone.
Ten minutes from full-time Minoga looked like crashing through a gaping hole courtesy of a Wartovo Puara pass but let the ball slip through his fingers with the line wide open as the Falcons again turned them away.
Watson Boas was stretched from the field after copping a heavy head knock defending his try-line and as expectation grew the clock ticked away on the Hunters’ incredible dream that is now a reality.
After a frantic start it appeared that the composure and professionalism of the Falcons would be far too good for the passion of the PNG team who did well to fight their way back into the contest only to cruel the try-scoring opportunities they had with errors attacking the Falcons’ line.
Their best chance of the first half went astray when a Moses Meninga offload hit the ground and David Loko and Brandy Peter both made errors on the first tackle inside the Falcons’ 10-metre line as they dominated territory without having anything to show for it.
The Falcons got off to the perfect start when Jahrome Hughes sent winger Matthew Soper-Lawler on a weaving run to the tryline with a one-handed flick pass inside the first two minutes and the Storm connection struck again five minutes later when Ryley Jacks sent Joe Stimson slicing through on the left.
The game threatened to escape the Hunters’ reach before many of the fans flooding into Suncorp Stadium could take their seats but every time they put pressure on the Falcons they committed the cardinal sins of giving away unnecessary penalties or making basic errors.
PNG Hunters 12 (Watson Boas, Willie Minoga tries; Ase Boas 2 goals) def. Sunshine Coast Falcons 10 (Matthew Soper-Lawler, Joe Stimson tries; Stimson 1 goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 11,260 (record for Cup Grand Final).

Pacific Lama Traders continues to support schools in ENB

August 29, 2017
Source: The National
PACIFIC Lama Traders Ltd, a major copra exporter in East New Britain, is continuing its support to schools.

Recently 30 primary schools received school supplies worth K1000 from Pacific Lama Traders Ltd and its overseas buyer, Holland Commodities International.

Director John Seeto said the support was a token of appreciation and they looked forward to continuing the relationship with growers in ENB.

He said Pacific Lama Traders Ltd was now in its 10th year of buying and exporting copra which started in November 2007.

“During this time, support for the community has always been important to us,” Seeto said.

“This is evident in past contributions to schools, sports teams and health centres.”

He said his family have been in Papua New Guinea for 100 years and his children were fifth generation residents.

“My great grandfather had copra and cocoa plantations at Warangoi many years ago so our family’s connection with the copra industry is a long one,” he said.

“Over the generations, we continue to do business here while maintaining strong and harmonious ties with the people of East New Britain and Papua New Guinea.”

Head teacher of Bitapetep Primary School Adah Kuam thanked the company.

Govt eyes oil, rice production

August 29, 2017
Source: The National

THE Government will embark on a major import replacement drive for crude oil and rice under the Government’s 100-day plan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, pictured, said crude oil and rice were the major consumers of foreign exchange.

Under the plan:

  • Oil Search will provide 50 per cent crude oil from PNG oilfields to the Napa Napa oil refinery;
  • There will be a transition to locally-produced gas to fuel PNG;
  • A rice-import quota scheme will be implemented to encourage local production; and
  • Bank of PNG will provide direct intervention of US$100 million (K317m) over three months.


“Our economy and our country continue to have these fundamental structural imbalances that we need to be more serious about in terms of moving to true sustainability,” Abel said.

“The fact that we rely too heavily on extractive industry projects, and then we go from boom to bust when we should be relying on more sustainable industries that we don’t take that seriously.

“The fact that we rely too heavily on imports, that we send out all our natural resources, and end up with all but the finished goods and we are always looking for foreign currency to buy those goods. The biggest consumer of foreign exchange in this country is our fuel import bill.

“The second one is our rice import bill.

“Here we are producing oil and gas, here we are with huge natural water resources, and here we are with the highest cost and drain on our foreign currency being the bill to import fuel. Crazy.

“Here we are relying on rice for our staple diet, nothing wrong with eating rice, but to me there’s something fundamentally wrong about relying on imports of that rice to feed ourselves.”


Highlands Honey producers doing well


Highlands Honey, a subsidiary of the New Guinea fruits company based in Goroka is focused on helping farmers increase production on a larger scale.

This was revealed by extension officer of Highlands Honey Solomon Loie in Lae, saying providing bee farmers with equipment, bee boxes allowances and working with the them in Goroka would achieve the elevated status.

“We at Highlands Honey provide bee farmers with technical advice and equipment,” he said.

Mr Loie said they provide advice on how to manage hives, transportation and provide them with bee boxes.

He said Oxfam Pacific International provided fuding and materials to continue work with the farmers.

“We receive funds from Oxfam PNG to support local bee farmers to produce honey, the farmers then sell the honey to us and we bottle them and market them out in shops,” he said.

“While working with bee farmers we stress more on quality and quantity, that is make them produce best and sweat honey at larger amounts.”

He said in Goroka they have two major honey producers, the Highlands Honey and the Helping Hands Honey producers.

“We the honey producers based in Goroka partner with Oxfam PNG to increase the work of bee farming in Goroka and other centers of the highlands region, since highlands climate is suitable to farm bees,” he said.

“The funds given to us by Oxfam is all directed towards helping the farmers by providing fuel for transportation, boxes or hives for honey and allowance for farmers, not only practical equipments but we also provide training and bee farming lessons for the farmers.”

Owner and founder of Helping Hands Honey Producers Kelly Phanta Inae added that their main aim is to develop the honey industry in Papua New Guinea.

“We have started the bee farming in 2006, and had produce honey at small scale, but after partnering with Oxfam PNG the standard as rose, more famers have been recruited and bee producing in Goroka is increasing,” Mr Inae said.

Kongo Coffee achieves milestone in exports

Kongo Coffee Limited successfully air freighted 900 kilograms (15 x 60kg bags) of its premium green bean brands to Japan last month.

Historically it is a first for them in their exporting business.

“It marks a very significant and special event for Kongo Coffee Limited and the entire PNG coffee industry,” said Jerry Kapka managing director.

“This goes to demonstrate that our coffee is very special and can attract very good buyers from Japan and other parts of the world,” he said.

Kongo Coffee Limited is a leading exporter of premium and specialty coffee brands to Japan and other parts of the world.

The company has been exporting the brands including its Elimbari specialty coffee to very reputable coffee roasters and traders in Japan for over 15 years.

Japan, importing over 8 million bags annually, is the third largest importer of coffee behind the United States and Germany.

Japan presents a very good market for PNG coffee thus, all serious and intending exporters are encouraged to explore the opportunities.

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